Bernie L. Patterson became the 14th Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in July 2010. During his first year of leadership that coincided with significant statewide economic challenges, Patterson and the UW-Stevens Point community helped lay the foundation for long-needed reforms in the efficiency and effectiveness of public higher education in Wisconsin.
During Patterson’s short tenure on campus, UW-Stevens Point has developed a campus wide strategic plan to guide the academic programming and operations of the university. A vision for the university has been articulated as A Partnership for Thriving Communities with four major initiatives: Sustainability, Arts and Humanities, Economic Development, and Health Care. The university has also reestablished a clearer, collective understanding of the students’ role in the university’s shared governance.
The university, under Patterson’s leadership, has strengthened its ties within the local and regional communities, as well. The advancement function has been significantly reorganized and made more robust, and advances made in diversifying the senior leadership of the university. An enrollment management model has been developed on campus.
Patterson’s career of service to higher education has included leadership both in public and private university settings. Prior to joining UW-Stevens Point, Patterson was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Oklahoma City University, beginning in 2002. There he established the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, the Office of International Education, the Office of Instructional Technology, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and the Fine Arts Institute. Other initiatives included the university’s strategic and tactical plan, campus master plan, assessment plan, summer reading program for incoming first-year students, enrollment management programs, faculty fellow program, visiting scholars program, national student scholar development coordinator, Phi Kappa Phi chapter, and a focus on faculty recruitment including an emphasis on faculty diversity.
Patterson also served as a dean and assistant dean at two institutions in the University of Georgia System: Georgia College and State University, and Valdosta State University.
His professional activities include the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University, a Wye Faculty Fellowship at the Aspen Institute, and a Fulbright tour in Tanzania, in 1992. He has led or participated in international delegations to Belize, the Czech Republic, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Ukraine, Slovakia, the United Kingdom, the United Republic of Tanzania, and Taiwan. He serves on the boards of directors for Marshfield Clinic System, Worzalla Publishing Company, and Associated Bank North Central Advisory Board of Directors.
Patterson holds a PhD and a MA in criminology from State University of New York at Albany, an Education Specialist Degree and a MS from the University of Central Missouri, and a BS in technology from Missouri Western State University.
He now resides in Plover with his wife, Cindy. He also has a grown daughter who is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma School of Law.